April 2019 Newsletter - "Ministering in Weakness" by Ray McDowell
There is a voice, common among believers, whispering lies in our ears. This voice tells us that we do not “have enough.” We don’t have enough knowledge. We’re not eloquent enough. We are just not quite as spiritual as we should be to minister. While all of these are areas that really do need to be improved in each and every member of the Body, we cannot limit the Holy Spirit’s ability to use us even in our state of current weakness. This voice of doubt, it seems, becomes amplified by contrast with the sheer depth of the Word that we have been so blessed to receive. The hidden things revealed to us have allowed us to begin to recognize just how vast the depths of His knowledge are, and because of this, many times we can feel as if we have nothing in comparison. The underlying issue that keeps us from stepping out to minister to others- even in our own lack- is a confidence in the flesh that still needs to be put to death. Father’s hand in our lives is addressing this by throwing us into situations where we cannot rely upon our own ability, and He is forcing us to learn to trust Him to empower us for the work. Our process of growth into becoming mature Sons of Yah can either be accelerated by understanding the path or stunted because we do not see clearly enough to take advantage of the opportunities presented to us daily. Peter told us that we could hasten the day of His coming (in us!). Get ready to shift over to the spiritual fast track. If you apply this key which we’re going to share with you, new areas of abundant blessing are going to be unlocked in your life!
We all have infirmities. The question is, “How do we receive the breakthrough and healing that we need from the Lord in these areas?” Perhaps you’ve even experienced the frustration of deferred hope when that breakthrough which you so desired still eluded you? Some things the Lord wants us to pursue Him and fight for. Sometimes though, He wants you to trust Him to lay it down and quit focusing on your problems. That being said, here’s the key we promised:
If you want to see the Lord move in your life, then seek Him for how you can BE His move in another’s life.
Seems simple right? Well, ultimately, it’s not knowing these things that brings about God’s blessings- it’s applying them. Take this as a reminder then. There are actually healings and revelations that the Lord has been holding back from you because you’re still too focused on yourself and your own needs. He is waiting for us to get past ourselves and become servants to others; amazingly, what we will find is everything that we need from the Lord in that place of putting others first. Many people think that they are doing God a favor through the things that they do for Him. In reality it’s exactly the opposite. It is His mercy to us that He even allows us to be used to minister to others! While applying ointment to a brother’s wound, He heals us. Encouraging the disheartened, in turn, fills us with a renewed zeal. Seeking Father for spiritual bread to feed our hungry brethren, He lays out a smorgasbord of revelation for us to feast upon! We are not saying that you should give simply so that you might receive something back from God. The whole idea is that He wants to kill selfishness within us. His heart is a sacrificial one that always puts the needs of others first, and when we do the same, we can rely on Him to supply our own personal needs.
There are a few scriptures that illustrate this spiritual law. Of course, if it’s God’s Word, you can take it to the bank and demand that the Holy Spirit cash it. May we reflect upon what is written here and hold God to His Word!
He who has mercy on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.
- Clearly, this verse is speaking of showing mercy to those without understanding (poor) by teaching them Truth.
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had."
- We can all be this widow at one time or another. It’s easy to give when you have an abundance (i.e. revelation, prayer, spiritual gifts) but what about when you feel that you have nothing to give? This woman understood a principle: She needed more from God so she gave Him back the little that she had.
1 John 5:14-16
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.
- The Father’s will is that we would stand in the gap as mediators for our brothers. If we see them sin (blinded by some deception), then we bear their burden by asking for the living Word to bring understanding and correction to our brother.
Our challenge to you is to put this word to the test. Seek His face, not for your own understanding but ask for the Word to set another free. What sin have you seen your brother taken by?
Paul wrote of those who were not ashamed of his chains, preaching the gospel whilst yet in his own weakness. Many of us have a poverty spirit that tells us that God cannot use us in our current state of spiritual lack. The questions we must ask ourselves are these: “How much revelation is enough? Are we just going to wake up one day with the realization that we are finally prepared?” Could it be that we will never really feel prepared? It’s a new season, saints. It’s time that we, as a body, hit the ground running and step into all that Father has called us to. We are the apostles and prophets that He is raising up to fulfill His will in the greatest move of God ever seen! Those are some big shoes to fill and we must silence the voice of doubt by first recognizing that Father is going to continue using us to minister in weakness, all the way to perfection.